Coach Steve Sarkisian emerged 15 minutes late. Finally. He was wearing the same sports jacket he'd worn in many living rooms, kitchens and driveways on the road putting together one of the most successful recruiting class in Washington Huskies history, at least over the past decade.
Lots of balance.
Lots of optimism.
"A very complete class," the UW coach said. "One that can help us immediately."
Here is a position breakout, according to Sarkisian:
• QUARTERBACKSignee – Nick Montana, Oaks Christian High (Calif.).Analysis – Up front, Sarkisian said with a little more polish, Montana should be a serious player for the starting job in 2011 with Keith Price. "Nick is going to create his own legacy. I think that is why he chose the University of Washington," Sarkisian said.
• RUNNING BACKSignees – Deontae Cooper, Citrus Hill (Calif.); Jesse Callier, Warren High (Calif.).; Zach Fogerson, O'DeaAnalysis – The two leading rushers out of the state. Cooper projects to be a 225-pound tailback as a downhill runner. … Callier is not a straight-line rusher, but brings more versatility. … Fogerson brings a little more athleticism to the fullback position, especially as a pass-catcher.
• WIDE RECEIVERSignees – DiAndre Campbell, Oakland Tech (Calif.); Kevin Smith, Centennial High (Calif.).Analysis – Both great basketball players, and Sarkisian values their overall length. The coach called Smith a "young Terrell Owens" in terms of frame and sculpture.
• TIGHT ENDSignee – Michael Hartvigson, Bothell.Analysis – Another basketball player with nastiness. He played defensive end in high school. He'll gain another 25-30 pounds "in a blink," Sarkisian said.
• OFFENSIVE LINESignees – James Atoe, The Dalles-Wahtonka High (Ore.); Mike Criste, Citrus Hill High (Calif.); Micah Hatchie, Waialua High (Hawaii); Erik Kohler, Oaks Christian (Calif.); Colin Porter, Bothell; Ben Riva, O'Dea; Colin Tanigawa, Loyola High (Calif.).Analysis – Tanigawa comes in as an interior linemen; the rest could end up being tackles. Became a huge emphasis after the Huskies did not sign any offensive linemen in 2009.
• DEFENSIVE LINEMENSignees – Andrew Hudson, Redlands Easy Valley High (Calif.); Hau'oli Jamora, Kahuka High (Hawaii); Lawrence Lagafuaina, Aiea High (Hawaii); Sione Potoa'e, Lakes High; Brent Williams, Taft High (Calif.).Analysis – This staff prefers the "three-technique," and nobody fits that mold better than Potoa'e, who is the big-man gem of this class. … At ends, Hudson and Jamora are formidable pass rushers who are good against the run.
• LINEBACKERSSignees – Victor Burnett, Culver City High (Calif.); Princeton Fuimaono, Long Beach Jordan High (Calif.); Garret Gilliland, Orange Lutheran High (Calif.); Cooper Pelleur, Skyline High; Darious Waters, Lakes High; Chris Young, Auburn High.Analysis – Another huge emphasis will be counted on to fill special-teams holes. Burnett is the real "get" in this group. His athleticism pops. … Fuimaono and Gilliland will come in as outside-linebacker recruits. … Pelleur, a late addition, could be another "Mason Foster" type who can man up on the tight end, Sarkisian said. … Waters and Young are two of the more physical players in the class.
• DEFENSIVE BACKSSignees – Gregory Ducre, Crenshaw High (Calif.); Jamaal Kearse, Lakes High; Sean Parker, Narbonne High (Calif.); Taz Stevenson, Mililani High (Hawaii); John Timu, Long Beach Jordan High (Calif.).Analysis – Ducre is the lone cornerback – one that Sarkisian surmises is a "lockdown, shutdown" cover guy. He's also a track guy. … Parker was the signing-day blessing, choosing the Huskies over Michigan and Southern California. His ability to cover all ends of the field, in zone and man-to-man, plus his run-support skills, make him arguably the UW's top prospect. … Coming off a knee injury, Timu will "greyshirt" and enroll next January.